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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Kings

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Los Angeles Kings came in needing two points, and played like a team that wanted just that. They dominated this game from start to finish, en route to a 4-1 victory.

For the Oilers, it was probably one they would like to forget. Spending much of the game inside their own end, Edmonton did little to generate offence, throwing just 14 shots on the Kings net.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

Edmonton looked to be in good shape when Jordan Eberle quickly answered the Kings early goal with one of their own. The Oilers then found themselves with a powerplay and a chance to grab momentum. Instead it would be the Kings who would score shorthanded to make it 2-1. The Kings would not look back, winning 4-1. 

36 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 17 of 47 draws.
14 The Oilers could only manage 14 shots on goal in tonight's game.
3 With the win tonight, the Kings sit 3rd in the Western Conference by virture of their division lead with 90 points.

Mike Richards
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 4

Anze Kopitar
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 1

Dwight King
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 1

Jonathan Quick
14 13 1 59:56 .929

Nikolai Khabibulin
32 28 4 60:00 .875

  Drew Doughty- D

22:01 - 1 PTS, E rating

  Nick Schultz- D

26:02 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

   The Kings Mike Richards found himself all alone shorthanded
    midway through the first period. Richards would come in with
    speed on Nikolai Khabibulin and roof a beautiful backhand upstairs
    to put Los Angeles ahead to stay.

The Kings Anze Kopitar had a solid night offensively for the Kings with two points(1G, 1A). He got the Kings off to fast start they were looking for by scoring just 52 seconds into the game.

At this time of year, a team's leaders have to be at their best, that is exactly what the Kings captain Dustin Brown was tonight. The gritty winger won battles throughout the night and added an assist on the Kings first goal. He was a +2 while playing just over 19 minutes.

Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick was thrilled to get some goal support in tonight's 4-1 win. Quick has lost 22 one-goal games so far this season, six of which have been by a 1-0 score.

"We didn't start very well and they were all over us pretty much all night "

-- Nick Schultz on the effort level against Los Angeles tonight.

Sunday, April 1  vs. Anaheim
  6:00pm MDT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers head back out on the road to play all but one of their remaining games. The trip will start Sunday against the Ducks in Anaheim. It will be the third meeting of the season between these two clubs, with the Ducks winning the previous two. The game can be seen live in HD on Sportsnet West.

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